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Zohar Atkins: Oxford


Wednesday 19 Jun 2019, 17:30 to 19:00
Location:

Rhodes House
South Parks Road
Oxford
OX1 3RG

Description:

Poetry Reading with Rhodes Scholar, Rabbi Dr. Zohar Atkins (New Jersey & Balliol 2010), followed by Q&A

Zohar Atkins will read from his new collection, Nineveh, a work that offers humour and hospitality alongside deep learning and enigmatic, mystical theophany. The poems in Nineveh blur the division between the secular and the religious. The Bible is near at hand but rendered unfamiliar in the combination of anachronism with classical allusion. The poems produce jarring, contemporary Midrashim – interpretative retellings of canonical tales. These poems are for intellectuals disenchanted with intellectualism and for seekers and sensualists in search of a renewing approach to language. Scholar and rabbi, he has learned that poetry and not erudition offers a securer saving power. Come celebrate the launch of a collection that critic Carol Rumens calls "revelatory" and "vigorously innovative."

Atkins will also be available afterwards to answer questions about his journey to Nineveh, and how the poetic life intersect with spirituality and critical scholarship.

The event is free to attend but please reserve a place via Eventbrite.



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